New course at Pottsboro High School teaches interpersonal skills

Published: Aug. 9, 2019 at 11:09 PM CDT
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Pottsboro High school has a new program coming to classrooms this year.

High schoolers will get the chance to participate in social and emotional classes. It's a new program aimed at re-socializing teens, whose interpersonal skills can struggle, because of their lack of interaction outside technology.

1. Being Proactive...

2. Beginning with the end in mind...

3. Putting first things first...

4. Thinking win-win...

5. Seeing first to understand, then to be understood...

6. Synergizing and 7. Sharpening the saw..

Those are the seven habits new Pottsboro high school principal Danielle Curry hopes her students can achieve using this new curriculum.

"Our goal this year is to create a culture where everyone feels included.." Curry said.

It's based off the best selling book, "The 7 habits of the highly effective teenagers," by Sean Covey which teaches people how to communicate and work with people...a skill curry says things like social media can take away.

"We want to bring those same opportunities to our students here at the high school level. We're not just focused on the academic aspect of high school, but also the social and emotional levels for them to be successful in the business world once they leave here." Curry said.

Freshman can learn skills to make and keep friendships. And seniors will gain skills they'll use in the work-force.

"So that they can over come the job related stress that comes from the adult world." said Curry.

Staci Wright, the president of the Parent Teacher Organization, is on board.

"We all share a similar challenge when we're hiring young people.. it's that they just don't have the emotional intelligence that they need to thrive.. or the social interacting skills. " Wright said.

Wright plans on throwing parties for the students to practice their new skills...and she's asking the community to join in...

"We're looking for community involvement, we're looking for donations, businesses to sponsor the parties.." Wright said.

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